Prince William hosts soccer match at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (AP) — It's all well and good to play soccer on the beautiful lawns at Buckingham Palace, but don't break a window.




That was Prince William's message Monday in advance of the first ever competitive match held on the extensive palace grounds.




"I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football (soccer) on my grandmother's lawn," he said before the game. "One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her."




The game features two amateur teams, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, playing in a Southern Amateur League match.

— Associated Press

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets the Polytechnic FC players before a Southern Amateur League football match in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets the Polytechnic FC players before a Southern Amateur League football match in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greets the Polytechnic FC players before a Southern Amateur League football match in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Groundsmen clear away leaves before the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Groundsmen clear away leaves before the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Groundsmen clear away leaves before the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A view of action during the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A view of action during the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A view of action during the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trains with players in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trains with players in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trains with players in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary, on October 7, 2013 in London, England. The President of the Football Association, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will host the football match between Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, and will also host a reception to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C) trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London
Britain's Prince William (C) trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
The Duke of Cambridge (centre) walks behind goal netting prior to a soccer match between amateur teams the Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
The Duke of Cambridge (centre) walks behind goal netting prior to a soccer match between amateur teams the Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organise the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
The Duke of Cambridge (centre) walks behind goal netting prior to a soccer match between amateur teams the Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
The Duke of Cambridge (right) watches as referee Howard Webb (third left) tosses the coin before the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
The Duke of Cambridge (right) watches as referee Howard Webb (third left) tosses the coin before the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organise the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
The Duke of Cambridge (right) watches as referee Howard Webb (third left) tosses the coin before the Southern Amateur League football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organise the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ John Stillwell, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organise the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ John Stillwell, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ John Stillwell, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped organise the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Polytechnic FC (in blue), during their match with the Civil Service FC in Buckingham Palace's garden, central London Monday Oct. 7, 2013. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, helped  organize the event, the first of its kind at Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations. (AP Photo/ Toby Melville, Pool)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London
Britain's Prince William trains in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, in central London October 7, 2013. Prince William, as President of the Football Association, hosted a reception and football match between Polytechnic FC and Civil Service FC to celebrate The FA's 150 grassroot heroes. REUTERS/Shaun Botterill/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS SPORT SOCCER)

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